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OK.....I'm building a new trailer!!!!

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  • OK.....I'm building a new trailer!!!!

    Tell me your "must haves" in your trailer. What I have so far is:
    1. gooseneck
    2. ramps on back and both sides
    3. ride backwards
    4. swing air flow face gates on the 2 straightload stalls
    5. cameras
    6. multiple air vents on top (we live in the hot south)
    7. small LQ up front
    8. swing air flow gates over ramp openings (so the "windows" can be open while driving)

    What else??? TIA

    Oh....this trailer is replacing my POS Sundowner that the floor is falling out of.

  • #2
    Can I move into your trailer?
    Do you have $100k for a new trailer? Because that sounds like a big cross country rig in the making to me.
    chaque pas est fait ensemble


    • #3
      Walk through door from LQ into the horse section.


      • Original Poster

        Sure you can move in, PSJ

        Definitely need a walk thru door, SLW.
        Oh...and 8' tall w/ insulated roof & sides
        Last edited by paintjumper; Dec. 12, 2010, 11:48 AM.


        • #5
          Satellite Sounds like it's going to be a great trailer I now have trailer envy


          • #6
            How about an awning? So you can hangout in the shade. Or fans in the horse area.


            • Original Poster


              Got to have a Satellite/DVD and awning. My trailer now has those......wonder if I can take them off of my trailer that I have now????? Keep the ideas coming!!! God willing.....this will be my very last trailer buy and I want it loaded to the gills!!!


              • #8
                Adopt me!
                I have horse to sell to you. Horse good for riding. Can pull cart. Horse good size. Eats carrots and apples. Likes attention. Move head to music. No like opera! You like you buy.


                • #9
                  While you are at it, and because you are spending the dough for something custom and new that you'll want to keep for a long time (or lose money selling as used), I'd say you want...

                  The right manufacturer.

                  I'd personally like a 4-Star or Eby for their quality. But I'd also want a manufacturer/dealer combination that I was sure could build just what I ordered.

                  Happy shopping! This sounds like a fun piece of work.
                  The armchair saddler
                  Politically Pro-Cat


                  • #10
                    If this sounds green with envy, you're RIGHT!

                    But, OMG...if you can really afford to buy a brand spankin' new trailer with absolutely every option available and THEN some (3 ramps!) D'ya really need our input?

                    (Sorry...I KNOW that sounded so pi$$ poor jealous...and YOU BETCHA! I am! ) hahaha...but seriously! I could see a " I can only afford so much what are the most important not to do without " kinda thread!

                    Otherwise, I'd have the custom place load er on up with everything you can think of!!! (I'm envisioning those beautiful granite countertops, leather sofas, corner fireplace, beautiful hardwoods) Remote Flatscreen / Stereo, Slide outs, bar, Full bath.....for horses: absolutely everything they can offer you! Maybe misters in there for hot days? auto waterers? auto feeders? Equine womb sounds piped in via speakers for calming ?

                    "Indecision may or may not be my problem"
                    --Jimmy Buffett


                    • #11
                      Outside lights for unloading; inside lights in the trailer box just 'cause. Lots of storage, lots of insulation. 2+1. Saddle racks in a small area between the horses and the living quarters. I've seen this in an Equispirit and thought it was perfect, especially with doors from the living area to the storage/tack/dressing and then another door into the horse area. You do realize that with double ramps, you'll be giving up an escape door, and those come in handy with fractious horses. Definitely fans for the horses, but why not just give them airconditioning?

                      If you're going all the way, enough of the living stuff--separate toilet and shower, gray water tank and water tank, hot water heater, sink, stove, microwave--that you can claim it as a second home for the mortgage interest tax deduction. Generator, and full AC/heat.

                      When you do get the perfect trailer, watch out that I don't find you and steal it.
                      "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
                      Thread killer Extraordinaire


                      • #12
                        incinolet toilet. Walk through from LQ to horse compartment. First stall has a stud divider. Drop windows on both sides. Fans. Solar battery trickle-charger installed. 8' wide. Storage under the mangers. Mid tack. 50 gallon water tank, hose, external GFI plug. Generator, a HOnda.


                        • #13
                          lol- OK when I saw the title I had a blonde moment! I was like "Building your own trailer? Talk about a hard core DIY'er!!" lol

                          But now that I'm on board- I'm gonna suggest that maybe you think about a roof top air conditioner. Esp in a warm climate. ...Yes ...for the horses. More than anything it will dehumidify the air and keep it from being a sweat locker. You can still use it even if the windows are open...keep it from getting too icey cold.


                          • #14
                            I'm with RLF and had to laugh at myself, too I was thinking, I can barely put together a bridle without paying close attention, can't imagine DIY trailer building..!
                            Yes, it's been a long day/week/year. Yawn!

                            One thing I will add: you'll need lots of PICTURES of this beautiful trailer to share with all of us!! Have fun with the master build!! Can't imagine how fun that would be


                            • Original Poster

                              Thanks guys!

                              I am putting a list together for the builder. And no....unless you can build it with hay string and duct tape....no way I could do it myself!!!
                              Keep 'um coming!!! Oh...there will be pictures for all!


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by paintjumper View Post
                                Tell me your "must haves" in your trailer. What I have so far is:
                                1. gooseneck
                                2. ramps on back and both sides
                                3. ride backwards
                                4. swing air flow face gates on the 2 straightload stalls
                                5. cameras
                                6. multiple air vents on top (we live in the hot south)
                                7. small LQ up front
                                8. swing air flow gates over ramp openings (so the "windows" can be open while driving)

                                What else??? TIA

                                Oh....this trailer is replacing my POS Sundowner that the floor is falling out of.
                                email me later
                                "Sometimes you just have to shut up and color."


                                • #17
                                  I want the option of turning single 2 stalls (or whatever) into one, SAFE, box stall.
                                  DIY Journey of Remodeling the Farmette: http://weownblackacre.blogspot.com/


                                  • #18
                                    Electric or hydrolic jack is a must have!


                                    • #19
                                      I wouldn't call it a must-have, but given the chance to buy a new trailer, I'd put in WERM flooring.
                                      Head Geek at The Saddle Geek Blog http://www.thesaddlegeek.com/


                                      • #20
                                        extra tiedowns and lights--more than you think you'd ever need and in places you'd never suspect would come in handy.

                                        batteries or generator so you can run the lights and whatever without having to run the truck.

                                        bench box storage under the step into the gooseneck, which should be as high as you can get too--especially if you plan to sleep in it often.

                                        carpeted tack walls to decrease noise.

                                        lots of reflective decals outside.
                                        i have the same trailer set up as you are planning and it's so versatile it's crazy. i use pipes instead of slant walls, and they are fast and easy to move to divide horses and stuff. i can use the entire 16' horese space as is, or divvy it all into four small straight stalls. i was planning to haul a pair of haffies and their carriage. it fits them or four ponies very well.i can fit two horses and a pony well if they get along well.
                                        next time i'll get it slightly longer with real living quarters.[/I]